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Definition of graduate
1a person who has successfully completed a course of study or training, especially a person who has been awarded an undergraduate academic degree. North American a person who has received a high school diploma:she is 19, a graduate of Lincoln High 2a graduated cup, tube, flask, or measuring glass, used especially by chemists and pharmacists.
1 [no object] successfully complete an academic degree, course of training, or high school:I graduated from West Point in 1965 [with object] informal receive an academic degree from:she graduated college in 1970 [with object] North American confer a degree or other academic qualification on:the school graduated more than one hundred arts majors in its first year
) move up to (a more advanced level or position):he started with motorbikes but now he’s graduated to his first car
2 [with object] arrange in a series or according to a scale: (as adjective graduated)a graduated tax mark out (an instrument or container) in degrees or other proportionate divisions:the stem was graduated with marks for each hour [as adjective]:graduated cylinders 3 [with object] change (something, typically color or shade) gradually or step by step:the color is graduated from the middle of the frame to the top
relating to graduate school education:the graduate faculty having graduated from a school or academic program:a graduate electrical engineer